Olathe news briefs for the week of June 17

City Council

The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, June 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session. Regular sessions are broadcast live on OGN (Comcast channel 7, AT&T channel 99 and on the City’s website). To see the complete agenda for this meeting, visit the City’s website at OlatheKS.org.

Interested in the action of the regular Council meeting, but don’t want to wait on the official meeting minutes?  A Council meeting recap is now posted to the City Clerk’s page following each regular Council meeting. The recap is for the convenience of our residents and stakeholders and does not replace the official minutes. 

Resident Input Requested through Annual e-Town Hall Event

Olathe residents have the opportunity to participate in the 2014 budget process as part of the third annual Budget e-Town Hall event. The event utilizes various forms of electronic communications and social media outreach including web-streamed video, a web forum (www.OlatheKS.org/OpenTownHall), Facebook, Twitter (#OlatheBudget) and live television broadcast. Believed to be the first effort of its kind in the Midwest, the e-Town Hall provides Olathe residents a convenient way to share thoughts, ask questions or learn how their tax dollars are spent. The City Council will respond to questions and comments live during the e-Town Hall broadcast/webcast on the Olathe Government Network (Comcast Channel 7 and AT&T Channel 99) on Tuesday, July 2 at 6:00 p.m.

Transparency continues to be an Olathe City Council priority, and the e-Town Hall format provides one more window in the City’s budget process.

In addition to the e-Town Hall, budget workshops are slated for July 2 and July 16 and a public hearing is scheduled for August 6. Citizens are always encouraged to share thoughts or ideas with the City, their Council representatives and/or Mayor Copeland. Additional budget information is available on the City’s website, www.OlatheKS.org, as well as through the forum. In addition, community members are encouraged to contact the Budget Office at 971-8671 with inquiries, questions or concerns.

Storm Debris Pick-up

Due to weekend storms, the City of Olathe will take bulk pick-up requests for storm debris collection this week only.  The free bulk pick-up service will occur on your regular collection day.  Residents requesting a specific collection day and those with other large item bulk collection items will be charged at the regular rate.

Residents who tie and securely bundle limbs less than 5 feet long and less than 50 pounds do not need to schedule bulk pick-up.  Call Customer Service at 913-971-9311 to make arrangements for your storm debris pick up.


Projects Underway to Address Creek Flooding

In efforts to reduce localized flooding, the City of Olathe partners with Johnson County to plan, design, and construct projects in areas prone to flooding. The City currently has five flood control projects underway in Olathe in 2013, with two more slated for construction in 2014.

Visit Stormwater Management Program Projects for a complete list of projects or contact Stormwater Manager, Rob Beilfuss, at (913) 971-9071.

Help Keep Your Parks and Trails Clean 

This time of year, parks and trails see a lot of activity. Unfortunately, they also see a lot of trash and waste. The trash that is left behind at a shelter, in a dugout, on the trail or around a playground can pose a threat to you, the children who play there and our wildlife. Please take a moment to lend a hand!  When you are out enjoying the parks and trails, take a few extra seconds to make sure the area you use is, as the boy scouts say, “better than you found it.” Here are a few tips from the Olathe Parks Division:

  • Shelters – Ensure that all litter and food is placed in the trash can.
  • Dugouts  – Ensure the last job of the day is preparing the dugout for the next team. Each area has a trash can.  Please place sports bottles, sunflower seeds and other trash in the trash or take them with you!
  • Ponds & Lakes – Help keep the shorelines clean by properly discarding used fishing line, bait containers, beverage containers and snack wrappers.
  • Trails & Parks – Use trash receptacles placed throughout area trails and parks for waste disposal.

Pets – Clean up after your pet.

The City of Olathe is looking for groups to assist with park clean-up efforts. Visit Volunteers in the Parks (VIP) if you have an interested group..

If we all take a second to clean up after ourselves or lend an extra hand to clean up something left behind, Olathe will continue to be “the City Beautiful.”


Olathe Pools Offer Unique Programming

Olathe’s community pools offer more than just a few hours in the sun and splashing in the water.  They also offer unique programs to fit a variety of community needs. With Me & Mini Me Swim, Sunday Family Swim Nights and River Walk, there is a little something extra each week.

  • Me & Mini Me Swim – Designed to give parents of young children ages 5 and under time at the pool to play without the worry of crowds. This program is Available Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Black Bob Bay ($6/adult) and Tues/Thurs ($5/adult) at Oregon Trail pool from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Fee not included with summer pass, multi-visit punch cards (available at the pools) or the recreation office, $55 for 10 swims.
  • Family Swim – Affordable family time is hard to find these days. Family Swim Nights are available each Sunday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Mill Creek, Oregon Trail and Frontier Pools. For just $10, the whole family (up to six family members) can swim and enjoy time together.
  • River Walk – Olathe Parks and Recreation continues to look for unique and fun ways to help the community get active and stay healthy. From 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, adults 18 and over can get a great workout going against the current of the lazy river at Black Bob Bay. This is a great way to get out and get a little exercise at the end of a long day. (Normal pool admission applies).

Daily admission to Mill Creek, Frontier and Oregon Tail is $5 for residents ($6 non-residents). Black Bob Bay daily admission is $6 for residents ($ 8 for non-residents). Season pool passes are still available through the Olathe Parks and Recreation office located at City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe.

For a complete list of summer aquatic classes, check out the Summer 2013 Activity Guide.


Hit the Trails! Featured at Mahaffie Thursday June 20

The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm is located on the Westport route of the Oregon, California and Santa Fe Trails. Trail activities will be featured at this week’s Family Fun Night on Thursday, June 20.  Mahaffie is open late Thursdays in June and July from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Throughout the evening, visit the Mahaffie house and leave your mark on Independence Rock.  Other Hit the Trails activities may include:

  • Trade of the Santa Fe Trail
  • Food provisions on the Oregon Trail
  • Gold panning
  • Writing a trails journal

Cowboys of all ages are invited to dress as their favorite for the new Cowboy Costume Contest featured during Thursday Family Fun Nights. Compete in the categories of authentic cowboy, movie cowboy and cartoon cowboy in age brackets of 3-11 and 12 and up. Each winner will receive a family ticket package to Wild West Days in September. Costume judging begins at 7:30 p.m. Rules and more information are available at www.mahaffie.org.

Admission is free, stagecoach rides are $2/person (ages 3 & up), and making an ‘S’ hook in the blacksmith shop is $3/S hook (ages 8 & up). The theme for the June 27 Family Fun Night is 19th Century Independence Day and Fireworks.

Day Out with Frank and Ella – Hit the Trail activities will be featured Wednesday, June 19 and Thursday, June 20 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Activities may include:  leaving your mark on Independence Rock, gold panning, Oregon Trail cooking and the trade of the Santa Fe Trail. Stagecoach rides, blacksmith and visiting the Mahaffie home are offered during this program. Day Out with Frank and Ella is a drop-in summer fun sessions open for preschools, day cares, and other youth groups or individuals. Registration is encouraged but not required. To register, call (913) 971-5111. Cost is $5/youth; accompanying adults are free.


Friends of the Olathe Public Library Book Sale at Farmers’ Market

Beginning at 8:00 a.m. on June 22, the Friends of the Olathe Public Library will have a booth at the Olathe Farmers’ Market in downtown Olathe. Shop the selection of gardening books, cookbooks, leisure reading and much more. Also for sale – Friends of the Olathe Public Library insulated book bags for $6 each to carry around your fruits and vegetables and, of course, books!


Curtis Gilmore Memorial Scholarship Winner Announced

The Friends of the Olathe Public Library have selected the winner of the Curtis Gilmore Memorial Scholarship, awarded to a high school senior who has worked a minimum of 40 hours as a library volunteer.  The recipient of the $500 scholarship for 2013 is Christina Fangman, an Indian Creek Branch Library volunteer and a graduate of Olathe Northwest High School.  Fangman has provided 89.25 hours of service since she began volunteering in October 2011. She will attend the University of Kansas in the fall.

The presentation of the award and a reception in Christina’s honor will be held at 5:30 p.m. on June 24 in the children’s programming room at the Olathe Public Library, 201 E. Park.  Friends, family and library staff are invited to attend.

The scholarship was established last year to honor library volunteer Curtis Marion Gordon Gilmore who passed away on February 10, 2007.  He was a senior at Olathe North High School, due to graduate that May.  He donated 116 hours while a volunteer at the library from 2003 – 2005.  He is fondly remembered for his humor, friendliness and commitment to helping others.  The Friends of the Olathe Public Library held the well-attended Novel Tea in April to raise scholarship funds.

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